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When to Replace the Pipes

May 25, 2022

When to Replace the Pipes

Are you replacing old and outdated plumbing in your home? You may have to pay for expensive plumbing equipment and hefty building costs. Why spend so much? Let Beall Contracting and our high-quality plumbers work for you. We help you save money by tearing up concrete slabs, removing flooring, and replacing pipes. Hiring a licensed, insured, and well-reviewed plumber can be a bit of a hassle. However, our contractors are ready to meet your needs and may also replace piping with updated repiping solutions.

How Do You Know When To Replace The Pipes?

The best way to tell if your pipes need replacing is to have a professional come in and do a thorough inspection. However, some signs indicate you should replace your pipes, and here are the most common ones:

You've encountered water damage.

If you've noticed any water damage in your home, it's worth investigating the pipes underneath your house. Water damage can cause mold and mildew growth, which is unhealthy for you and makes your home smell terrible. If you notice any of these issues, it's time to get the plumbing checked out.

You're experiencing leaks or clogs.

If you've noticed that you're having problems with clogs or leaks in your drains or toilets, this may indicate something wrong with your pipes. Clogs can be caused by rust build-up in the pipes, while leaks can show corrosion or cracks in the pipes themselves. Both of these things require professional attention before they get worse — so if you notice them happening at all, make sure you call an expert right away!

Discoloration or Corrosion

If there is any discoloration or corrosion on the pipes, this could indicate that they need replacing. There could also be cracks along the edges of your plumbing system, leading to leaks and water damage in your home.

Rusty Water

If you notice rusty water coming out of your faucets, this could also indicate that you should replace your pipes as soon as possible because it means that they are corroding and rusting away right before your eyes! This can be pretty dangerous and even lead to clogs inside the pipes, which will make things worse than they already are!

Tear Up Concrete Slab

Beall Contracting can assist with any concrete solutions. If you have a concrete slab and want to replace the pipes, you have a couple of options:

Tear Up Concrete Slab and Replace Pipes

This is the most expensive option, and it may not be possible if the slab is too large or in bad condition. You can remove the old pipes and replace them with new ones. However, this is not easy because the process involves removing old water lines from under the ground without damaging other underground utilities or structures. But if you are sure about doing it yourself or hiring a professional plumber, go for it!

Install New Pipes Above Ground

Installing new plumbing systems above ground is another option. Install new pipes above ground using steel pipe connectors and threaded fittings and PVC pipe connectors and fittings. You will need to cut out an opening in your concrete slab to lay down new piping underneath for this type of installation. After laying down new piping beneath the slab, seal off any openings to prevent dirt from entering your home's plumbing system during future repairs or maintenance work.

Remove and Replace Flooring

Once the leak is repaired, the flooring should be removed. If you have carpeting or another flooring that has been damaged by water, it should be removed and replaced immediately.

Carpeting and other flooring materials can be challenging to clean and dry properly, which creates a breeding ground for mold and bacteria. Removing the damaged area of your flooring will also allow you to replace it with new carpeting if needed.

Removing Flooring

Depending on what kind of damage has occurred, there are several ways to remove your damaged flooring. If the carpet is only slightly damp, you may be able to pull it up and throw it away simply. For more serious damage, including mold growth or water saturation that's gone beyond just the surface fibers of the carpet, consider hiring a professional carpet cleaner or someone who specializes in this type of work.

Replacing Flooring

Once you've repaired the leak, it's time to replace the flooring. If your wood floors are still intact after being exposed to water for any time, they should be fine to put back in place. If they're damaged beyond repair, it's not wrong to replace them with new wood floors resistant to moisture and mold. Most insurance companies require homeowners to install new floors after a flood or other water damage.

Replacing the carpet is also an option if your carpet was damaged by water or mold. If the carpet was only slightly damaged and can be cleaned and dried correctly, that is a less expensive option.

Replace Pipes

Replacing pipes is not a job for the faint of heart, and it can be expensive and dangerous, but if you have old, corroded pipes or ones that have been damaged by freezing or flooding, it's the best option if you want to be safe from leaks and bursts.

There are three main types of plumbing pipe: copper, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene), and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Copper pipes are used in residential homes and commercial buildings, and PVC is used for drainpipes, cold water lines, and some hot-water lines. PEX is used for hot and cold water lines in residential homes and commercial buildings.

Copper Pipes

Copper pipes are one of the most common materials used for plumbing, and they are also one of the oldest. The use of copper was first recorded as early as 5000 B.C., and it has been used for plumbing ever since. Copper is an excellent choice for plumbing because it is resistant to corrosion and does not allow water to pass through it easily.

Pex Piping

PEX piping is becoming more popular because it's easy to install, flexible, and resistant to corrosion, chemicals, and heat. However, it's more expensive than copper or PVC pipes. Copper pipes are inexpensive but subject to corrosion over time, so they need regular maintenance to prevent leaks in your home's plumbing system.

PVC Piping

PVC piping is a common choice for residential plumbing. It has several advantages over other materials, including low cost, ease of installation, and resistance to chemicals and temperature variations. However, PVC pipes do have a few disadvantages as well. The main problem is that they can develop leaks. If you suspect that your PVC pipes need to be replaced, some telltale signs can help you determine if it's time to call Beall Contracting or if you can handle the job yourself.

Beall Contracting

If you have old pipes in your home, it may be time to replace them. The old pipes under your house could allow sewer gas to escape and contaminate your home. The easiest way to ensure that this problem doesn't harm your family and home is to replace the old pipes before they cause damage.

Call us at Beall Contracting today to schedule an appointment.